There are few interesting indie releases opening in local theaters this weekend, alongside Jordan Peele’s directorial horror debut Get Out. The first is a war-drama titled Bitter Harvest, starring Max Irons (The Host, Woman in Gold) and Samantha Barks (Les Miserables, The Christmas Candle) as lovers facing the oncoming Ukraine Genocide of 1932-1933 under Joseph Stalin. The film comes from director George Mendeluk and follows a young artists (Irons) as he works to save his love, Natalka (Barks), from being rounded up and executed as part of the death-by-starvation camps that would be made all the more famous during Hitler’s time in Nazi Germany during World War II. The script comes from writer Richard Bachynsky Hoover and co-stars Terence Stamp (Superman, Young Guns) and Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile). Continue reading →
Every year, the Sundance Film Festival hosts an impressive number of independent films, documentaries, and short films from all around the world. Titles like The Usual Suspects, Memento, Reservoir Dogs, Clerks, Napoleon Dynamite, Super-Size Me, Saw, and Little Miss Sunshine have all found success at the world-renowned festival. So it’s no surprise that this years line-up is definitely keeping with that reputation. A number of documentaries, including the Amir Bar-Lev’s Grateful Dead tribute Long Strange Trip and Jeff Orlowski’s follow-up to his 2012 Chasing Ice feature, Chasing Coral, have already premiered to great praise from festival attendees and critics alike. At the same time, a number of films have already been purchased for distribution, including Patti Cake$ by former doorman-turned-filmmaker Wass Stevens, which sold to Fox Searchlight for $10.5 million! Here are a few of the festival entries that have caught our eye for expanded release. We’ll post more information about domestic releases as we get further into the year. Continue reading →
This week will see a number of indie projects open in select theaters across the country. The 9th Life of Louis Drax is a mystery thriller from horror director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D) surrounding a psychologist working with a boy young boy who suffers after a near-fatal fall. The film was penned by actor Max Minghella (The Social Network, The Ides of March), whose late father Anthony was an Oscar-winning screenwriter responsible for such gems as The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Jamie Dornan (Marie Antionette, Fifty Shades of Grey), Aiden Longworth (Cut Bank, Hector and the Search for Happiness), Sarah Gadon (The Amazing Spider-Man, Enemy), and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Exodus: Gods and Kings) star in the film, which is based on a novel by Liz Jensen. Continue reading →
Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express, The Interview), Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class, Get Him To The Greek), and Zac Efron (That Awkward Moment, We Are Your Friends) are back for another run as enemy neighbors in a sequel to the 2014 comedy hit, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. This time around, with the fraternity moved out, a sorority moves in, and Mac and Kelly must team up with their late frat-enemy, Teddy, in order to handle the new rowdy neighbors. Personally I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want a house-full of college girls right next door, but anything for the sake of comedy I guess. Director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five-Year Engagement) leads the returning cast along side actors Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie, The Equalizer), Selena Gomez (Monte Carlo, Hotel Transylvania), Dave Franco (21 Jump Street, Unfinished Business), and Lisa Kudrow (Friends, Analyze This). The trailer is here on MADE. Catch it in theaters this Friday.
Comedy power-couple Melissa McCarthy (The Heat, Spy) and writer/director Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids, Enough Said) will be back on big screens this Friday with a new comedy called The Boss. The two co-wrote the screenplay with longtime collaborator Steve Mallory (Tammy, Identity Thief) about an industry titan who is sent to prison for insider training and runs into some old colleagues who haven’t so quickly forgotten how she screwed them over. Starring alongside McCarthy are actors Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Frozen), Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent, Game of Thrones), Ella Anderson (The Giant Mechanical Man, Unfinished Business), Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Kathy Bates (Misery, Titanic). Although McCarthy comedies tend to be either hit or miss, this one will still make a fun date night for the weekend, so see it on the big screen starting this Friday, April 8th.
A new adaptation of author Patricia Highsmith’s times-testing novel, The Price of Salt, is seeing a limited release this Friday, November 20th in the form of a new drama titled Carol. Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy (Mrs. Harris) penned the script for the project, which was directed by Oscar-nominee Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There) and stars Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (Robin Hood, The Monuments Men) and Oscar-nominee Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Her) as an older, married woman and a department store clerk, respectively, who enter into an unconventional love affair in 1950s Manhattan. Along with the culture and societal norms of the times, their relationship becomes even more strained as Carol deals with possibly separating from her husband, and furthermore, loosing her daughter. Also starring in the film are actors Kyle Chandler (Zero Dark Thirty, The Wolf of Wall Street) and Sarah Paulson (Mud, 12 Years A Slave). The earned big nods at the Cannes Film Festival, winning selections for Best Film and Best Actress, and will see a limited theatrical release this Friday, with an expanded release possibly happening sometime in 2016. This one will be more of the more artfully crafted dramas from the looks of the trailer, and pretty intense subject matter, but if you’re in the mood for that with all this rain it’ll make for the perfect date movie. Keep an eye out for upcoming TV spots and a potential further release date. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy!
Happy Halloween! This October has already seen a new addition to the Paranormal Activity series (The Ghost Dimension), the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead and its spinoff series Fear The Walking Dead, and the comeback of R.L. Stine’s classic scary-tale series Goosebumps with Jack Black (Shallow Hal, School of Rock) at the helm. This week, and just in time for Halloween weekend, we get another Zombified movie experience from director Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity, Burning Palms) in the form of Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Bringing back the fun-zombie feel of Zombieland (2009), this one follows three scouts who must use their experiences to ban together and save their hometown from a zombie outbreak. Actors Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life, Mud), Logan Miller (I’m In The Band, +1), and newcomer Joey Morgan star in the lead roles, with Sarah Dumont (Don Jon, Playing It Cool), David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), and Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein, Beerfest) in the supporting cast. Director Landon co-wrote the screenplay with Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Shark Tale), Carrie Lee Wilson (Teamo Supremo, College Road Trip), and Emi Mochizuki (College Road Trip). Also still playing in theaters for your Halloween needs are Goosebumps and Crimson Peak. Enjoy the Halloween weekend, and be safe!
Actor and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is best known for the acclaimed The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy and studied theater at Chicago’s DePaul University.
Writer/director Barry Jenkins (Medicine For Melancholy, Futurestates) will begin filming his own adaptation of the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney in Miami this fall. Simply titled Moonlight, the film follows a young man, Chiron, in 1980s Miami during the War on Drugs at three important moments in his life as he deals with a rough home-life and his developing sexuality. Additional casting for the film is currently underway and Indie film production company A24, which is also behind this year’s Ex Machina and Amy, will be teaming up with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Productions to finance the project. Adele Romanski (Bad Milo, War Story) will also serve as the film’s producer. This will be the second major production for director Jenkins, whose Medicine For Melancholy received much critical praise in 2008 when it was first seen at the SXSW Film Festival in 2008. Actor and playwright Terell Alvin McCraney was born in Miami, Florida in 1980 and attended the Theater School at Chicago’s DePaul University, graduating with a BFA in acting and receiving the Sarah Siddons Award in 2003. We’ll keep an eye out for additional news.
The new comedy from director Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Pineapple Express), Trainwreck, is now playing in theaters. Star Amy Schumer (Mostly Sex Stuff, Inside Amy Schumer) wrote the script about a commitment-scared woman who pours all her time into work until she meets a new guy and must choose between her independent lifestyle or a committed relationship. Actors Bill Hader (SuperBad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, The Gambler), and Tilda Swinton (Burn After Reading, The Grand Budapest Hotel) make up the supporting cast, plus a special appearance by NBA star Lebron James. Watch the trailer here on MADE, then see it in theaters this weekend. Other new features opening this week include Mr. Holmes with Ian McKellen and comedy veteran Woody Allen’s Irrational Man. Enjoy!
Today marks the opening of the 5th installment in the Terminator series, Terminator: Genisys. This time lead by director Alan Taylor (Palookaville, Thor: The Dark World), Genisys brings back original series veteran Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Predator, True Lies) as the futuristic cyborg originally sent back in time to murder Sarah Connor and prevent the birth of John Connor, who would lead the human resistance in war against the machine race after Judgement Day. Starring as Sarah Connor is Emilia Clarke (Dom Hemingway, Game of Thrones), with Jai Courtney (Divergent, A Good Day To Die Hard), Jason Clarke (Lawless, The Great Gatsby), and JK Simmons (I Love You Man, Whiplash) making up the supporting cast. This time out Kyle Reese is sent back in time to protect Sarah Connor and ensure John Connor’s existence when an unexpected new series of events creates a ripple in time and Kyle and Sarah must work to ‘reset’ the future. The trailer is here again on MADE…but be sure to check this one out on the big screen. It should be a lot of fun!